More Than 100 People Have Filed to Run for US President in 2020

Over 100 people are registered to run in the 2020 presidential election.

Over 100 people are registered to run in the 2020 presidential election.

As of April 28, 129 people had filed to run for president in 2020. So reported National Public Radio (NPR) after reviewing the Federal Election Commission records.

President Trump indicated early on that he plans to retain his presidency: he filed his intention to run for re-election on January 20, the day he was inaugurated. By Filing, early Trump can   accept campaign contributions throughout his current term. He has already set up a re-election committee and his campaign released the first ad of the 2020 campaign.

According to NPR, the 2016 election may have been the beginning of a new tendency in presidential elections in which the experience of holding public office or of being a public servant is no longer required. Instead, wealth, power, and celebrity are considered acceptable qualifications.

It is also noted by NPR that presidential elections have become treated like reality shows and give presidential candidates too much attention compared to the actual power they have. Concomitantly, lower-level, closer-to-home elections receive much less attention from voters and the media.

The majority of those persons filing for the 2020 presidential campaign are activists, but there are also business persons and a Hollywood actor with no political experience.

Rumored to be among Trump’s Democratic challengers are Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont,   Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Names of wealthy non-politicians rumored to be contenders for the presidency include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz. Others rumored to be interesting in running for the presidency include rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West, and professional wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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